Stigma Busters: 6 Celebs Who Are Vocal About Mental Health & Addiction

While we might know most celebrities based on their work in movies, music or sports, many speak out about mental health issues, whether it’s their own diagnosis or a loved one’s. Here are 7 celebrities who are vocal about mental health and addiction.

 

Stigma Busters: 6 Celebs Who Are Vocal About Mental Health & Addiction

By Alyse Kotyk

Living with a mental health condition or an addiction can feel lonely and isolating, but there are many celebrities who have either experienced similar things in their lives or know someone who has. Here are 7 vocal celebrities who are speaking out about these issues to lessen stigma.

  • 1. Lena Dunham

    By Alyse Kotyk

    Lena Dunham, creator and star of HBO’s _Girls_, has been open for quite some time about her struggles with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). She talks about her experiences with medication and even [wrote a piece for the New Yorker](http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/09/01/difficult-girl ) outlining her experiences growing up with a mental illness.

  • 2. Daniel Alfredsson

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    Hockey player Daniel Alfredsson [has been recognized](http://www.ottawasun.com/2015/03/05/former-senators-captain-daniel-alfredsson-is-a-champion-for-mental-health ) for his significant contributions to raising awareness about mental health. Inspired by his loved ones' struggles with addiction, he became a spokesperson for the “You Know Who I Am” campaign which demonstrated just how many people were affected by mental illness.

  • 3. Demi Lovato

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    Musical artist Demi Lovato was [diagnosed with bipolar disorder](http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/32926244/demi-lovato-says-shes-relieved-after-being-diagnosed-with-bipolar-disorder ) fairly recently and has since joined a campaign called “Be Vocal: Speak Up for Mental Health” to encourage open discussion about mental health conditions.

  • 4. David Beckham

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    David Beckham, the world famous soccer player, [struggles with OCD](http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/this-britain/beckham-reveals-his-battle-with-obsessive-disorder-472573.html ). He has been commended for speaking about his diagnosis and battling the associated stigma, as it’s particularly stigmatized amongst males.

  • 5. Brittany Snow

    By Alyse Kotyk

    Brittany Snow, who plays bright, cheery Chloe in the _Pitch Perfect _movies [struggled with an eating disorder, depression and self harm](https://www.yahoo.com/health/13-celebrities-who-are-helping-c1431966763462/photo-brittany-snow-and-depression-photo-1431966748458.html ). She went to treatment and is open about her recovery journey. Snow was even a spokesperson at the annual gala for the Jed Foundation, an organization which promotes emotional health and works to prevent suicide.

  • 6. Jon Hamm

    By Alyse Kotyk

    Most well known for his role in _Mad Men_, Jon Hamm is an actor who struggles with [depression](http://www.people.com/article/jon-hamm-rehab-jennifer-westfeldt-addiction-depression). He is very open about his diagnosis and has even commented on the benefits of therapy and antidepressants.

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